On a morbidly hot August day in the depths of the Grand Canyon, Lorraine Brodek and her friend Erma Bombeck found themselves caught without a smidge of shade or water. The next thing they knew, their knees buckled and they hit the sand. Gasping for air, they groaned and rolled under a crag from which a scorpion skittered. That's when Erma mumbled her obit.
'I can see the headlines now...Famous Humorist, Newspaper Columnist, and TV Celebrity Dies on Trail with Little Unknown Person.'
At that moment, Lorraine promised God that if he let them live, she would write a book. This is her hilarious account of growing up in 90210 in the midst of A-listers. Go behind the scenes of show biz with her husband, who produced two B (bad) movies with Oscar-winning stars, and relive the embarrassment of her loss on the number-one television game show. With humor that jumps off the page, this book shows truth is way funnier than fiction and that a 'little, unknown person' can turn her crazy, bawdy, stories into a wonderful collection about A Nobody in a Somebody World: My Hollywood Life in Beverly Hills.
|Publisher:||Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
Table of Contents
A Nobody in a Somebody World 23
My Upper Hollywood Hood 35
B Movies: The Savage Bees 47
Transylvania 6-5000 59
The Password Is Scallion 79
Porno and Public TV 85
Divine Justice: The Last Call 101
"The Riots of Iran Have Hit the Hillsides of Beverly Hills!" 109
Hollywood Herstory Repeats Itself 119
Not Tonight, Deer 129
Batman and Babe-ism 139
Sows and Tsunamis in Hulawood 155
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This personal memoir of growing up living in Beverly Hills resonates of truth. Lorraine Brodek lived the life of wealth and privilege and co-mingled with the best of Hollywood. She was best friends with Erma Bombeck and knew not only the stars but many children of stars. I particularly liked her preferred answer when stopped by a carload of tourists and asked if she was a "somebody." " No," she said, as do many others, "I just work here." Worked every time. Both she and her husband have degrees in radio and television and spent much of their lives in the movie and television industry. She most often served as an organizer and coordinator and sometimes helped her husband produce. In short, she knows or knew them all. What she shares here are personal notes and anecdotes about persons of interest and makes comedic comments along the way. Knowing Erma helped. Hugh Downs is another favorite who assisted greatly in promoting a favorite cause, public television. Tragically, near the end of her working career, she encountered a sexual harassment situation that ultimately did her in work-wise. I could have told her it is almost always the woman who winds up on the outside looking in. She and her husband are now high-end refuges in a remote section of Hawaii and thoroughly enjoying themselves. Her memoir is full of interesting sound bites from her years in Hollywood and from the movie and television industry.